MPACT Tough Mudders’ raise thousands for charity

Intrepid competitors from Scottish building services specialist MPACT Group have raised much-needed cash for two charities after pushing themselves to the limit at one of the country’s most challenging extreme course races.

Thirteen staff employed by the Loanhead-based electrical contractor took on dozens of obstacles that aptly included ‘Electroshock Therapy’ at this year’s Scottish edition of the Tough Mudder challenge. Altogether, they raised a total of £4,050 for Lupus UK and Hopscotch, which provides respite breaks for vulnerable children.

Both charities have now received contributions from MPACT director, Claire, a runner who took part in the Tough Mudder Challenge for the first time.

“It was an amazing day – both exhausting and exhilarating,” Claire said.

“We are so proud of those from our team who took part to raise money for these highly worthy causes. The issue of Lupus is close to our hearts as a family-owned business, and Hopscotch really stood out as a charity that is changing young lives for the better.”

Lupus UK is the only national registered charity supporting people with the disease, which is an incurable illness of the immune system. One of its main triggers is hormonal activity, with women as its principal sufferers as they become susceptible during puberty, after childbirth and during menopause.

Set up in 1998, Hopscotch provides week-long holidays for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Arriving from difficult home circumstances or in need of respite from their responsibilities as young carers, most of these young people will otherwise not get a holiday at any other time.

The rapidly-expanding MPACT Group has a strong track record of generous charitable activity. It donates to Women’s Aid – East and Midlothian each Christmas and Easter, and earlier this year held the Great MPACT Bake-Off in aid of Comic Relief.

Along with Claire and her husband Matthew Wright, who co-founded the company, directors Dean Stevens and Mike McGuire were among the other staff at MPACT who took part in this year’s Tough Mudder Challenge at Drumlanrig Estate in the Scottish Borders.